1. ”CRAZY IN LOVE,” BEYONCE (FEATURING JAY-Z)
Aided by a groovy Chi-Lites sample, the Child star’s single is destined to rule the summer.
2. WINGS OF DESIRE
Watch the DVD of Wim Wenders’ haunting 1987 ode to angels, and discover the hidden joys of depressing black-and-white German art films.
3. MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME, BY MICHAEL LEWIS
Lewis’ admiring profile of Oakland A’s exec Billy Beane is the summer’s baseball beach read.
4. CRIME & PUNISHMENT
The real-life version of NBC’s Law & Order is suspenseful, heartbreaking, and satisfying — and you still get the chung, chung!
5. PROJECT GREENLIGHT
HBO’s let’s-make-a-movie reality hit returns. This year’s film is The Battle of Shaker Heights, but the series is more like Revenge of the Film Nerds.
6. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, BY J.K. ROWLING
In this magnificent fifth installment, Harry matures as a great wizard, and Rowling emerges as quite possibly a great writer.
7. SUMDAY, GRANDADDY
The Cali quintet makes a perfect indie-pop CD overflowing with limber lyrics, lovely low-key electronica, and rich melodic lines.
8. WHALE RIDER
Along with Bend It Like Beckham, this moving tale set among a Maori tribe in New Zealand proves girl power to be a global phenomenon.
9. 28 DAYS LATER
Brainy and brutal, this postapocalyptic thriller about a deadly plague could be the season’s big chill.
10. KING OF THE HILL: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Hank Hill & Co.’s early eps on this three-DVD set are funnier than Beavis and Butt-head and more earnest than The Simpsons.